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P.N. Kafka Fuura (花深風羅)

Japanese B.A. from University of Texas at Austin, Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1

I translate, interpret, and do other miscellaneous things.

My hobbies are researching classical and ancient Japanese, and translating song lyrics.


Nov
27
revised What separates なき from なし?
Cleaned up answer and added more examples.
Nov
27
revised What separates なき from なし?
added 825 characters in body; added 51 characters in body
Nov
27
comment What separates なき from なし?
@snailboat 終止形 can be used in nominalizations - there are many many compound nouns that use it, but isn't that a seperate topic? / Still you're right about なし often being used as an adj-no (though I kind of hate that term). Another example is: なけなし.
Nov
27
answered Help with question word だれ
Nov
27
comment だ and か, Can they be used together?
@snailboat It really was an unnecessary comment in the first place because it's really all just speculation and what-ifs. すいません。
Nov
27
comment だ and か, Can they be used together?
@snailboat The syntactic distinctions the result of their divergence. :) - Just like you can't substitute really substitute 勝った for 勝ちてあり/勝ちてある - Also how だろう/でしょう became an inexplicable monster full of exceptions to make up for the lack of clarity in using just ~う.
Nov
27
comment だ and か, Can they be used together?
@snailboat I meant more that they came from the same source than that they were the same. The reason they don't have the same distribution is because of course they have been used more commonly in this or that situation and so have diverged a bit.
Nov
27
comment だ and か, Can they be used together?
I would say that strictly grammatically it probably -could- be allowed everywhere, but common usage has restricted it to subordinate clauses. My reasoning for this is that だか is of course short for であるか, and であるか is valid anywhere. I would say this restriction is similar to how だ accepts -some- particles that require 連体形, but not all - the others requiring なの.
Nov
27
comment What is this な between a noun and the particle の?
One more note: なのだか vs. なのか or だか / I would guess that the former adds that なのだ sort of explanatory/declarative/emphasis nuance to the question, because it has an additional 連体形 that it does not need for the particle か. I don't encounter なのだか very often though, so this is more just speculation.
Nov
27
comment What is this な between a noun and the particle の?
The technical answer is that simply, か requires 連体形 before it, and thus we have なのか (the な and の indicating 連体形). ((This is the same reason you have なのに~ etc.)) Using だか works as well for basically the same reason. Despite the fact that だ is unacceptable to use as a 連体形 in most cases, it works in others (including だか、だこと、だもの). //// Great answer though.
Nov
27
revised What separates なき from なし?
Added particles in ()s to make clear 忘れ and 迷い were nominalizations.
Nov
27
answered What separates なき from なし?
Nov
26
answered Can ~たり~たり end with verbs other than する?
Jul
28
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
26
awarded  Yearling
Nov
28
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
added 4 characters in body
Nov
28
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
Removed 同じ / discussion too unrelated.
Nov
28
comment i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
I went ahead and removed 同じ from the my answer because it's too much of an oddball to be grouped with the other three.
Nov
28
comment i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
One of the things that interests me most is "when" these special three (or four) came about? Did they exist as 大きなる etc or was it only after なる became shorted to な?
Nov
28
comment i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
It is worth noting (I probably should have mentioned it too) that the special three (and 同じ) are not fully considered 連体詞 because all other 連体詞 cannot exist in the predicate of a sentence (according to 三省堂 大辞林).